Jesus Glorified is the Lamb Slain
Then, the angels,
Our Lord came to earth for the purpose of dying for us so that he could establish a covenant where no other death was necessary. After Good Friday and Easter Sunday, no other sacrifice was ever going to be necessary for Jesus is - and always will be - the sacrifice offered eternally for us. And when we get to heaven, we can join the elders, the angels, and the other saints in worshiping the Lamb who was slain for our sins by bowing down before our Lord's glorious body, not hidden from our view but in full glory. We can then worship the risen. glorified Lord who still remains the Lamb for us for that is the source of his glory. It is His identity.
He reigns forever as the sacrifice so that we might, by his merit, gain access to the heavenly courts. But he does not leave us alone here. He promised he would never leave us though his singular body was drawn up to the Lord so the Spirit could come. He sends himself to us in the most intimate of ways. He is, as he said in John 6, the bread that comes down from heaven, the new manna that falls every day, to nourish us, to bring us into a true, holy, complete union with him, and so form us into his body (1 Cor 10:16-17).
He offers this body to us, inviting us to "celebrate the [Pascal] feast" (1 Cor 5:8) and so be joined into one body with him. He continues to be the High Priest (Hebrews 7) whose sole job was to offer sacrifices on behalf of the people, but unlike the priests before, this new High Priest - in the order of Melchizedek (who offered bread and wine long before blood sacrifices were necessary) - continually offers himself as the sacrificial lamb, but he does not die many times, for he has died, and he has risen, but he offers himself - his body - as manna (bread) from heaven and offers along with it, as did Melchizedek, the cup of the new covenant which, as the author of Hebrews points out, has the ability to cleans our consciences and take away our sins (Hebrews 9) so that we can wait his second coming with joy, knowing that he will come to take us to those houses he says he goes to prepare.He came to us to establish the New Covenant foretold in Jeremiah 31. He establishes this when he takes the chalice into his hands and says, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.”(Luke 22:20; Also Mt. 26 and Mk 14).
It is because of this sacrifice, this beautiful offering of his life, that his name was glorified as the name before which all knees shall bow. So, let us glorify this Risen Lord who is the Lamb. Let us worship him, offer him our praise, our thanks, and our love. He died for us, and therefore, he is worthy of all of our praise. Let us never forget that Jesus is not just the risen, mighty, glorious King of kings, but he is - by definition, by Revelation (pun belatedly intended), and by his Love - our Pascal Lamb, offered for us so that we, who could never merit heaven alone, could gain access to heaven. He took his human, physical body back up to heaven so that he could send it with his spirit back to us so that we could be fed, nourished, and never alone. Praise be to God! Hallelujah!And then "every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, everything in the universe" cried